Everyone has a favorite spirit. For me, it’s whiskey. I love slowly sipping a neat glass of aged Scotch or bourbon, especially as a dessert or nightcap. For a long time, this meant that I almost entirely avoided clear liquors.
Now I know that was a mistake. There are so many nicely nuanced tequilas in the world that just having it as part of a margarita really sells it short. The distilled liquid of the blue agave plant, tequila is native to Mexico, where it is routinely served neat. Unlike whiskies that are usually aged for eight to 12 years, tequilas are bottled either immediately after distillation (blanco and plata varieties), between two and twelve months of barrel aging (reposado), aged between one and three years (añejo), or aged a minimum of three years (extra añejo). Especially with the older varieties, complex flavors abound and make tequila every bit as worthy of appreciation as any whiskey.
Even if you don’t plan on ponderously sipping a glass of Codigo 1530 Origen, and instead opt to slam down some Cuervo with salt and a lime, tequila appreciation is for everyone. Of course, the margarita application is an evergreen way to enjoy it. Sometimes, all it takes is a little tequila to get a party started.
For the blue agave fans in your life, here are the top ten best Christmas gifts for tequila lovers.
1. Thoughtfully Gifts Tequila Cantina Mas Fina
Speaking of salt and a lime, this gift set provides all the tools you need for an evening of entertaining with your favorite bottle of tequila. Included in this gift package are four shot glasses, a wooden serving tray with inset cutting board, a ceramic knife, two salt dipping plates, and four different salts, including lime, Himalayan, sweetened, and chili. Add in the tequila and some chips and salsa and get to entertaining.
2. ‘Tequila: A Global History’ by Ian Williams
For those that might want to dig a little deeper into their favorite tipple, this short book chronicles the history of experiments with fermenting desert plants in the Americas. In addition to the interesting background, there’s also illustrations, buying advice, and recipes. For a look at the more recent history and popularity of tequila, try How the Gringos Stole Tequila by Chantal Martineau.
Price: $9.99 on Kindle, $16.26 for hardcover
3. The Bold Banana’s Women’s Tacos and Tequila Tank Top
The trend of workout wear emblazoned with promises of alcoholic beverages to follow a stop at a gym plays perfectly into the hands of people looking for gifts to buy. This particular tank top makes a plea for a post-PR lunch. Simple, athletic heather gray with a racerback, perfect for power lifting, squats, and running. Or skipping all that and going right for the tequila.
Price: $13.60 (24 percent off MSRP)
4. Grave Before Shave Tequila Limon Blend Beard Oil
If you’ve been looking for a socially-acceptable way to fit more tequila into every day, this beard oil might just be the way to go. This one ounce bottle of skin and beard hair conditioner combines ingredients like tea tree, apricot, jojoba, and almond oils with aloe vera and the scent of a refreshing Mexican beverage. There’s also a beard balm, if you prefer.
Price: $12.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
5. ChillThreads ‘Tequila Fixes Everything’ Shot Glass
Naturally, the best tequila-related gifts will enable the receiver to better enjoy their beverage. Available in sets of one, two, and four, this adorable shot glass reminds everyone that at the end of a hard day, tequila is there for you. The “Taco Dirty to Me” shot glass will make a fine accompaniment, as will this set which features a “Tequila Made Me Do It” variant. If you want something a little more refined, try these mezcal copitas by The Curated Pantry. Tequila is a mezcal, after all.
Price: $7.95 (39 percent off MSRP)
6. Fred & Friends Good Measure Tequila Cocktail Recipe Glass
While virtually everyone is familiar with a margarita, there are many different tequila-based cocktails out there to enjoy. By following the directions screen printed on the side of the glass, you’ll be able to make seven such drinks without any guessing. The seven include: Margaria, Paloma, El Diablo, Tequila Sunrise, Pom Blanco, Bloody Maria, and La Piñata. If the drinker on your list has varied interests, try one of the other seven glasses focusing on beer, gin, rum, and more.
7. Artland Mixology Tequila Decanter
As with any fine liquor, you may wish to ditch the original packaging for something more in keeping with your personal aesthetic. These fun decanters take the shape of a lab beaker to introduce a little whimsy — or to herald the host’s mad scientist mixology skills. Like the glass above, all the main liquors are represented here if you want to grab more than one. You could also extend the set with some beaker shot glasses. Of course, if you want something more refined, the Bormioli Rocco Selecta Decanter has a classic look, and the design is even reminiscent of a blue agave.
8. iNunen Te Amo Te Quiero Tequila Mug
While the classic choice for liquor-themed coffee mugs is the “This Might Be Tequila” gag, we’re going with the somewhat more subtle joke here. Bypassing both “I love you” and “I want you” in favor of good old fashioned te-quila, this mug declares your true love.
9. Paperproducts Design Anne Taintor I Prefer Tequila Paper Napkins
With all the drinks being poured, you’ll of course want some cocktail napkins to keep everything tidy. This 20 pack of napkins relies on the popular vintage-feeling image with plain white text labels. Perfect for parties or just for slinging back a few shots at the end of a tough day.
10. Wine Bodies Nopal Cactus Metal Wine Bottle Holder
Speaking of entertaining, this blue agave inspired bottle and shot glass holder will provide a centerpiece for your tequila parties. One bottle of tequila fits in the middle, while six shot glasses (available separately) fit in the holders. Pour six shots and set them out to be enjoyed in this whimsical piece.
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